Over the years, I have had a relationship with Mr. and Mrs Chao and their church. Many years ago, there was an introduction made church wide, but it fizzled out. From this initial start, the Yuan Lin Small group started their own study. Originally, it was led by Jerald Zhu, who passed away several years ago. This group also studied through Discipleship II. Since this time, they have dissolved their small group to lead other small groups in their community. They continue to promote Directions.
Well history is repeating itself again. Today. I met with this couple and we have formulated a plan to reach out to their church body again. Starting in March, we will provide a Directions time, being sensitive to church members needs. We all know, mentoring needs to be done. It is finding the correct method to encourage is key.
So, pray with us for relationships to be established that are conducive to spiritual growth. Pray for us, as we formulate a healthy plan, to build up the believers in their church.
Abbey and I gave Jami a Christmas present. A trip back to the States to see family, friends, and church. She will be there until January 10th. She will be winding her way around the area, so if you see her, say hello.
Pray for her safety and protections. Pray for strengthened relationships with family, friends and church. Pray for her Spiritual Batteries to be recharged.
Steve Calmess stepped up to the plate and took on this NUTC Administration provided opportunity to teach ESL weekly. He has been doing a great job.
He also has a Bible study in an area Nursing School.
Steve and I both have access to the students and will in 2018, provide additional time using Directions to those students who have interest. Between my classes and his outreach to the area, we want to invite believers/seekers to a Bible Culture small group. Also know as a Directions group.
Pray for us as we invite student and prepare times for the coming Spring term. Pray for the Lord to provide those who truly want to know Him and grow in His grace.
This weekend I will travel to Kee Long in the North of Taiwan to preach and present Directions in Joseph Huang (Executive Director) of the Gideon organization here in Taiwan.
Our plan is to present a philosophy of discipleship sermon and introduce the ministry to 20+ church members. Then, I will show them how to use the material.
Pray for open hearts and faithfulness of the church members. Pray for Joseph, he will translate. Pray for me, clarity of speech and sensitivity to the situation.
Today was the last day we met, finishing up the D2 study. It has been over three years of off and on contact with the leaders of this church. Deacon Lin to the left, Pastor Wang and his wife.
They are in plans to start Directions groups in their church.
Pray for them as they begin to find the right methods for their church body. Pray for opportunities for them to start small groups.
Steve Calmes and I attended a weekend camp with many of the students we connect with during the Summer camps. They needed a teacher to participate and we got a weekend camping trip.
Pray as we build relationships with the students at NUTC. Steve now leads an Tuesday ESL time, I teach a few ESL classes, and connect with students as I bump into them. Will be starting a mentoring small group soon.
Pray for continued connect with students. Pray for opportunities to share our Christian faith.
Spoke to Mahesh today and he indicated he will be visiting churches where we have presented the Directions ministry.
Hard to believe almost thirty different locations with well over 1000 participants.
Mahesh and Amrita continue their effort to reaching out to different locations. They are now selling the Directions books at the cost of printing.
Mahesh also continues the effort of translation the D2 manuel. He is close to completing the effort. This is just a part of their ministry in Nepal, and we are blessed to work with them. They continue to identify new locations for workshops, so your participation is needed. Help them reach their country through workshops that you can sponsor.
Pray for their health, and life needs. Pray for their travel safety.
10/13 Pastor Zhong and I made a Directions ministry to Pastor Liu and his wife. We showed them techniques and how to use the material. This week we returned to help him get his first group established.
It consisted of five individuals, Pastor, his wife, and a mother and two daughters. It went well and we will continue to help establish the group over the coming weeks.
Pray for Pastor Liu and his wife to catch the vision through the participants testimony. Allow God to show them the importance of complete assurance in Christ.
Annie, from SYME, introduced me to a small women’s group interested in starting the Directions ministry. Today was the second time we met, after an introduction last Saturday. There are two members in this group currently, and I am taking time in the initial stages to encourage and promote their own group.
These women are from an area church, where Annie initially tried to help them start a mentoring ministry, but ran into some opposition. They decided to meet in an area home.
Pray for their faithfulness, as you know, this type of ministry have many people start but few finish.
From right to left, Missionary Linda Huang, Deacon Gao, Xin Hong, and I continue our study through Compass(D2). We have been meeting for over a year.
Linda has a Ministry through her office to the community. From counseling to benevolent services. She also has four Directions groups.
Deacon Gao is a leader in CBC Baptist Church. He has a large Bible study he does on Mondays. I meet him in our initial Directions study in his local church. he also invest a lot of energy into Xin Hong life.
Xin Hong, who is about to complete his Directions study with me, has already started other small groups.
This group of individuals are making a large impact in their community and local church.
Pray for all of them as they continue to invest God’s word into other believers lives. Pray for more opportunities for them, as they help establish mentoring ministries with others they encounter.